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Essential Eight Maturity Model

Essential security for your business

The Australian Signals Directorate’s Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has developed prioritised mitigation strategies, in the form of the Strategies to Mitigate Cyber Security Incidents, to help organisations mitigate cyber security incidents caused by various cyber threats. The most effective of these mitigation strategies are known as the Essential Eight.

Maturity Levels

To assist organisations in determining the maturity of their implementation of the Essential Eight, three maturity levels have been defined for each mitigation strategy. The maturity levels are defined as:
Maturity Level One: Partly aligned with the intent of the mitigation strategy
Maturity Level Two: Mostly aligned with the intent of the mitigation strategy
Maturity Level Three: Fully aligned with the intent of the mitigation strategy.
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What maturity level to aim for

As a baseline organisations should aim to reach Maturity Level Three for each mitigation strategy. However, some organisations are constantly targeted by highly skilled adversaries, or otherwise operate in a higher risk environment. Where the ACSC believes an organisation requires a maturity level above that of Maturity Level Three, the ACSC will provide tailored advice to meet the specific needs of the organisation.


What the Essential Eight Maturity Model looks like across different aspects of your business

Learning how cyber threats can affect your business

A cyber security incident that impacts a small business can be devastating. This guide (by the ACSC) has been developed to help small businesses protect themselves from the most common cyber security incidents. The Australian Cyber Security Centre see the impact of cyber security incidents each and every day, on individuals, large companies, and small businesses.

This Australian Small Business Cyber Security Guide has been specifically designed for small businesses to understand, take action, and increase their cyber security resilience against ever-evolving cyber security threats. The language is clear, the actions are simple, and the guidance is tailored for small businesses.

People and Procedures

Businesses, no matter how small, need to be aware of and consciously apply cyber security measures at every level.

Given small businesses often lack the resources for dedicated IT staff, this section addresses how you can manage who can access, and who can control your business’ information, and the training of your staff.

Your internal processes and your workforce are the last, and one of the most important lines of defence in protecting your business from cyber security threats.

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